The Iron Range Blog

Read through our blog articles to discover highlights of the Iron Range.  The Iron Range blog is a great way to find out the latest trends in Minnesota’s nature for fishing, hunting, and hiking.  Those who enjoy boating and family activities will enjoy the information in these articles as well. Are you ready to experience the grand adventure offered by northern Minnesota?  Get ready to pack your bags and visit Minnesota’s Iron Range – after reading through our articles!

Super Fun and Totally Free

On the Mesabi Iron Range there’s plenty of fun to be had, and a lot of it is FREE. Check out these free attractions this summer. Just remember, donations are always appreciated and welcome!  Hull Rust Mine View Why We Love it: Once you see it, you’ll know why! Best Time To Go: Daily, 9-5 […]

Music on the Mesabi

When summer evenings beckon, there’s no shortage of free outdoor music events on the Mesabi to entertain the entire family. Start your week off right with live local music in Chisholm’s Pocket Park. Expect piano, button box, banjo and more. On select Wednesdays, stop into Virginia’s Olcott Park for the beautiful, newly restored fountain, and […]

Spotlight on our Cities: Virginia

The “Queen City” of Virginia is a hoppin’ place this summer. Some around here say that summer doesn’t start until the Land of Loon Festival, a mid-June arts and crafts show with food, music and more in Olcott Park, but this year the season starts a little early, with the dedication of the Olcott Park […]

The Return of Mine View

This summer, Hull Rust Mine View makes a comeback. The iron ore mine overlook located in “Old North Hibbing” closed in October of 2017 and mining operations moved in. A new location was soon identified, and over the course of the next two years, sitework was done to make the new viewpoint accessible. Andrew Lucia, […]

A Trail Like No Other

Travel from the Mississippi River to the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Bicycle or hike through the Superior National Forest and over the Laurentian Continental Divide. Imagine a day of sunshine and a path to explore nature and the 28 communities nestled along the way. The Mesabi Trail is one of Minnesota’s […]

Winter Wonders: Soudan Underground Mine

Editor’s Note: This series, “Winter Wonders” looks at what some of our Mesabi attractions are doing during the winter. You can read the previous blog about Minnesota Discovery Center here. The Soudan Mine entry is courtesy of guest blogger James Pointer, Interpretive Supervisor, DNR Parks and Trails.  For some winter is a time to ski, […]

Winter Wonders: Minnesota Discovery Center

Summer is surely the high season for many of our Mesabi attractions. Ever wonder what goes on at places like Minnesota Discovery Center in the winter? Luckily for all of us, “The Museum of the Iron Range” is open year-round, but of course the popular trolley ride can’t happen with three feet of snow on the […]

Best Ideas for Fall Fun on the Mesabi

Start out with something brand new to Minnesota’s Mesabi Iron Range: a ski lift ride to the top of the mountain at Giants Ridge. Take it all in then head back to the base for a bite and a sip at The Sleeping Giant or The Burnt Onion. Get a whole different view when you walk […]

Guest Blog: the Mesabi by Motorcycle, Part 2

Editor’s Note: Please enjoy this guest blog by traveler, teacher and motorcycle enthusiast Phil Holbo. Phil and his wife traveled from the Twin Cities area in the spring of 2018 to experience the Mesabi Iron Range by car and motorcycle. You can read part 1 of their adventures here.  After picking up a Mesabi 2017 […]

Guest Blog: You *must* take this tour!

Editor’s Note: James Pointer is an Interpretive Supervisor at the Soudan Underground Mine State Park. The “Iron Range” of Minnesota offers visitors world-class art venues, a multitude of recreational adventures, fantastic wildlife viewing, and a wide variety of historical attractions. The one attraction; however, that everyone needs to put on their travel plans when they […]